Friday, August 15, 2014
Holiday Pics: Steamplex
How about this for a model engineering project?
Take an old Simplex diesel, strip off the internal combustion bits and add some steam ones on top. Result: the world's first SteamPlex!
It's a fun little engine. Not desperately practical as far as I can tell being powerful but not as easy to use as a more conventional engine. Listening to it thrashing away at the head of a train, it happily coped with a heavy load with only a hint of help from electric Polar Bear.
As I understand it, the single cylinder steam engine runs at one speed and the gearing left over from the original diesel handles the speed control. Whatever, this is a very entertaining loco to watch. Brilliant fun.